A coproduction framework that brings together diverse perspectives to guide transformation of climate data into shared and actionable knowledge.
A key output of I4C will be a strategic guide on how to ensure that innovative climate data can support urban adaptation. This “roadmap” will be built around the I4C learnings from implementing the coproduction framework in the four demonstrator cities (Barcelona, Bergen, Paris and Prague) and refined by trialling the approach in two testbed cities (Hamburg and Newcastle).
I4C’s coproduction of local-scale near-term climate knowledge with stakeholders that is useful, useable and used follows four stages:
- Co-exploration includes stakeholder mapping and initial discussions between scientists and local stakeholders to understand how each of the cities engages with climate adaptation, their climate information needs, and how they use climate services to support the formulation and implementation of adaptation strategies.
- Potential service users identified in the stakeholder mapping who express an interest in collaborating with I4C will co-design mock-ups of climate services using existing climate data. This will allow for tangible discussions at Klimathons and other participatory events that draw out the structure, data post-processing and delivery formats expected for the final services.
- The new climate data produced within the I4C project will then be used to co-develop the final climate services that support decisions across a range of climate change adaptation aspects. These include urban redevelopment and extending the climate shelters network (Barcelona), addressing urban heat island impacts on health and air quality (Paris and Prague), and flood resilience (Bergen). We will also trial the process with the new I4C data in the testbed cities focusing on different adaptation areas to illustrate how the data outputs of the project can be applied and replicated in other urban contexts.
- Co-evaluation runs throughout I4C and interrogates the whole coproduction process rather than solely valuing the quality of the services provided at the end of the project. As well as allowing for learning and course correction during the project, we will produce guidelines for long-term assessment that go beyond the project lifetime. Carrying out this work in different cities with different climate data needs will inform recommendations for how to replicate the process of developing an adaptation support package in other contexts.
Finally, reflecting on the knowledge gained during the implementation and refinement of the road, we will share our best practices with the broader climate services and climate adaptation communities.